Thursday, September 25, 2008

Church Leadership

I am very grateful for good church leadership. Every once-in-a-while I get a call from a church leader or member who wants to check on me to see how I am doing. I appreciate that. I am grateful to know that we can care about and help each other as we're in this earthly realm.

Someone once said that 'we're not human beings having a spiritual experience - but spiritual beings having a human experience'. I like that perspective and appreciate it's truth.

Our lives can be filled with all kinds of challenges, trials and opportunities for growth and learning. When we fall down or scrape a knee -- it's nice to know that someone else cares, or has a band-aid or some ointment.

I hope that I'm that person for others' when they need a listening ear, hug, or inspirational message. Perhaps that's the greatest lesson in life; to learn to love others despite the challenges and struggles.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CELL PHONE vs. BIBLE

I received this e-mail from someone recently. I thought it was worth passing along and pondering.

CELL PHONE vs. BIBLE
I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
What if we used it in case of an emergency?
This is something to make you go... hmm... where is my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing. ...
Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.
Makes you stop and think 'where are my priorities?
And no dropped calls!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Mormon Moms Who Blog

I'm looking for Mormon Moms who blog. If you know of any will you send them my way or to this list http://MormonMomsWhoBlog.blogspot.com?

We're trying to build a strong repertoire of LDS women who blog and can strengthen and support one another as they also build their readership!

Thanks!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Calling ALL Mormon Moms...

Will you please join our LIST of "Mormon Moms Who Blog"? Make a comment at http://www.MormonMomsWhoBlog.blogspot.com and we'll add your name!!!

We desire this to be a win-win for ALL!!!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It is God who sustains us

Today I ran across an article in Meridian magazine about God who sustains us. The author quoted Brigham Young and then made his own statement. It reminded me to trust in God in all things. He will deliver us -- if we are true and faithful.

Brigham Young -- June 8, 1856:
"The first year that I came into this valley I had not flour enough to last my family until harvest, and that I had brought with me, and persons were coming to my house every day for bread. I had the blues about one day; I went down to the old fort, and by the time I got back to my house I was completely cured. I said to my wife, “Do not let a person come here for food and go away empty handed, for if you do we shall suffer before harvest; but if you give to every individual that comes we shall have enough to last us through.”
I have proven this many a time, and we have again proven it this year. I have plenty on hand, and shall have plenty, if I keep giving away. More than two hundred persons eat from my provisions every day, besides my own family and those who work for me.
I intend to keep doing so, that my bread may hold out, for if I do not I shall come short. Do you believe that principle? I know it is true, because I have proven it so many times.
I have formerly told this community of a circumstance that occurred to brother Heber and myself, when we were on our way to England . We paid our passage to Kirtland, and to my certain knowledge we had only $13.50, but we paid out $87.00; this is but one instance among many which I could name.
You who have flour and meat, deal it out, and do not be afraid that you will be too much straightened, for if you will give, you will have plenty, for it is God who sustains us and we have got to learn this lesson. All I ask of you is to apply your heart to wisdom and to watch the providences of God, until you prove for yourselves that I am telling the truth, even that which I do know and have experienced. 4"

Brigham Young had been diligent in doing all that he could before he received these blessings where the Lord literally multiplied his food. His wagons were full of flour and his land planted as best he could. Also, in true pioneer spirit of thrift, industry and hatred of the dole, those in need who were able bodied would expect and be expected to work for what they received.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Christ is the Good Shepherd

"I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep." John 10"14-15

"Christ proclaimed: "I am the good shepherd." He then further showed, and with eloquent exactness, the difference between a shepherd and a hireling herder. The one has personal interest in and love for his flock, and knows each sheep by name, the other knows them only as a flock, the value of which is gaged by number; to the hireling they are only as so many or so much. While the shepherd is ready to fight in defense of his own, and if necessary even imperil his life for his sheep, the hireling flees when the wolf approaches, leaving the way open for the ravening beast to scatter, rend, and kill." (James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ: A Study of the Messiah and His Mission According to Holy Scriptures Both Ancient and Modern [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1983],388.)